by Kelsey Sheffield
On May 8, the Spurger faculty and staff held their annual athletic banquet where they acknowledged the different team's and individual player's accomplishments. Along with those recognitions, the athletes of the year were announced for the 2013-2014 athletics.
The 2013 cross country team, of Dave Pilgreen, Jayvan Fontenot, Cory Hyden, Jentry Jordan, Caleb Winkle, Robby Clark, and Coltyn Simon, advanced to the regional meet. Of the competitors listed, Pilgreen was the district champion.
This year's basketball program was successful from the junior high to the varsity level. The junior high boy's A team finished with a record of 11-1, where the one loss they faced was by one point, in overtime. The varsity boys advanced to playoffs because they took third place in district. Individual players received all district recognitions, as well as regional recognitions. Nathan Sheffield, a junior, received offensive player of the year, as well as all region player by TABC. Of the seniors, Pilgreen got first team all-district and Cody Winkle got second team all-district. Caleb Winkle, a freshmen, was named the newcomer of the year. Of the girls' basketball, senior Emilee Shumake took first team all-district, and Karley Wood, a sophomore, received second team all-district.
Not only was Spurger's athletics recognized in the fall sports, but the spring as well. Nine players of the Pirate's softball and baseball programs received district honors. Of the seniors, Cody Winkle, Austin Ross, and Samantha Brinkley were recognized. Winkle was selected second team all-district pitcher. Ross earned the title of second team all-district utility player. Brinkley was second team all-district, for softball. BreeAnn Ratcliff, a sophomore, was named first team all-district for softball, and Courtney Crain, a sophomore, was given second team all-district. Shania Peavey, a sophomore, was also recognized as this year's honorable mention. Sophomore Cory Hyden, received second team all- district first basemen. Two freshmen received acknowledgment for their work in the outfield. Coltyn Simon was titled first team all-district outfielder, and Caleb Winkle was second team all-district outfielder.
Four of the tennis participants qualified for the regional meet. Caleb Winkle, freshmen, won first place in boy's singles, and Allen Milstead, a junior, took second place in boy's singles. Cody Oliver and Austin Ross competed together in boy's doubles and took second place.
This year's track team had one of the most successful years Spurger has seen. Ten athletes qualified to area, after excelling in district, and Robby Clark qualified for the regional meet.
The 2013-2014 athletes of the year were earned by Karley Wood and Dave Pilgreen.
On Tuesday, May 20, the Spurger volleyball will be playing in the Xcel spring league, hosted at Warren High School. They will be competing at 5 p.m. against Evadale, 6 p.m. against Woodville, and again at 7 p.m. against Colmesneil.